Thursday, 25 June 2015

All it takes by Sadie Munroe


Star got taken away from her mum by social services when she was 9 because her mum was a hoarder and she has lived in foster families since. She gets a call while at college to tell her that her mum has died and that Star needs to clear the house to sell it over the summer.

Ash made the mistake of drinking and driving (which is never a good idea) and he had an accident resulting in the death of the other driver and Ash went to jail. He now has to live with his actions in the small town of Avenue.

The story is written in dual perspectives which keeps the book speedy and fun to read. I don't normally like covers with characters on it because it stops me being able to use my imagination to figure out what they look like but the girl on this cover looks how I imagine Star to look.

Star is nineteen and confident which is nice to read about a girl who is good with herself. She has had it tough but doesn't seem to let that get her down she just carries on like a trooper. Ash was a brilliantly complex character, he looked a mess and his emotions were but we knew his feelings about Star. The pair managed friendship before love and I liked that they went through the usual stages of their relationship.

The romance in this book isn't instant and both Star and Ash like each other long before they start anything which is brilliant because its normal! There were more funny bits than really serious bits but this short novel touched upon a couple of things, Hording and Drink Driving which personally I have never really read about so it was interesting to have that.

The flow of the book was good. I didn't feel like any of it was rushed and there wasn't any bits in there just to add extra words.

The ending let me down a bit. Throughout the story they worry about Star leaving Ash to go back to college but did she? I don't know. The book didn't really conclude.

Over all I really enjoyed reading this book.

Thanks Fro Reading

Em x

*ARC provided through NetGalley in return for an honest review*

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Pure and Deity ny Jennifer L Armentrout


SO I finished Deity yesterday and realised that I had not reviewed Pure. I thought this might be a good chance to review them together and get a decent amount written down without spoiling the series.


In this instalment we see more kick ass Alex, She gets into more trouble but can we expect any different from her? I don't think so. I still really like Alex as a character, she is funny and naughty and we get to see more of that in this book. I still don't really like Seth but I think this is because I prefer Aiden so it isn't really Seth's fault.
I found the connection between Alex and Seth creepy in this book but I guess that was sort of the plan.
I did not like this book as much as book one but it was still an amazing book as far as second books in a series go. I was still hooked enough to continue on with the series.
The Seth and Aiden fights in this book are amusing and I think it adds a little bit of depth to the characters that they hate each other so much.

I would say that this book is a filler book. What I mean is that we don't really move on or get anywhere but we fall in love with the story so much more because we learn a lot more about the characters and the world they live in.

Deity and Elixir

I read Deity and Elixir together as one book and that's how I will review them. They were my favourite in the series so far. Its nice to have a small Novella from Aiden's point of view that continues on the story. That ending was both frustrating and brilliant! How could I not pick up the next book after that?

Its decision time for Alex and she struggles with that but she is also getting beaten up and almost killed left right and centre, poor girl. We get to know Aiden more which is good because he was getting a little dull and I still do not like Seth.

We get to meet some Gods in this book which is exciting. Some are good and some are bad but all are interesting editions to the series.

The plot is captivating and kept me picking up the book to read a page here or a page there.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken


The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken had sat on my shelf for a few months before it took it on holiday with me and finally got around to reading it.
It was absolutely gripping from the very first page and I loved this book.The plot was thrilling and Bracken built the story and characters beautifully.

Unlike many YA paranormal stories this is not mainly based around a romance. Although the relationships in this book are complicated and beautiful there is much more going on.The idea of children becoming these powerful but feared creatures that the government feels they need to lock them away is chilling but the world was very believable. I think that is part of the battle with any book, you have to be able to believe that this could happen. That one very bad day we could be in the situation going on inside the book.The idea is simple really unlike most other dystopia novels  there isn't a complicated system that keeps things hidden. Basically the kids have dangerous powers and so they are locked away.
The life that the children lead inside these psy camps is horrid and scary. The adults in this book are vicious and they treat the kids worse than prisoners.

Ruby is our main girl she is sixteen and starts off the story in a camp. We go through a lot of Ruby;s childhood with her. She is ten when she gets carted off to the psy camp. I enjoyed (or not so much enjoyed but found it interesting) that we got to learn about Ruby's life without her telling us directly. I don't want to say to much more because I went into the story blind and I think that made it so much more enjoyable.

Liam is a complex character. He has abilities but has escaped the camps. He is a kind of leader of the pack kind of guy and he is a brilliant character. He is a good guy which is refreshing in a sea of bad boys in books but he isn't a wimpy, soppy good guy he is just a nice guy. Ruby and Liam just are! They just fit together. It isn't instant and it isn't clear cut but it seems more genuine than lots of inst love relationships.

I enjoyed the book and the writing style and the pacing. I loved this book 

Thanks for reading

Em xx     

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Half Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout. Review

I took this book away on holiday with me as it had been sat on my shelf for a little while and I didn't seem to be ever getting around to it. I have read other books by Jennifer. L. Armentrout and enjoyed them so I am glad that I finally came to my senses and picked this up. So I packed it in my case ready, Then I read a few reviews and the first few I read hated this book. I am very glad I ignored those people.

Granted a lot of the complaints in other reviews point out the similarities between this book and the vampire academy books. but I personally have not read the Vampire Acadamy and so I really enjoyed this book.

I found almost all of the characters in this story interesting and believable. I am a huge Aiden fan.
Alex is super cool and relatable, She isn't a poor and does not have it easy but she fights to survive and protect the ones she loves and that's admirable. Alex is naughty, she doesn't care about the rules of The Covenant and that is a little irritating but only because I was such a goody two shoes at school I used to hate girls like her but Alex is cool. I enjoyed having a female lead who takes care of things herself, who doesn't go running to her boyfriend to figure it out but instead she goes and puts herself in danger trying to clear up her own messes. Ninja she is not so Alex does tend to get her bottom kicked quite a lot but she has the will power that a lot of female leads are missing.

Aiden for me is my favourite character of this book. I mean SWOON but other than that. He seemed a little disinterested in Alex at first and took pity on her because they had been in similar situations. I like that he is hard faced and doesn't give much away because it keeps everyone guessing. Trouble is that Aiden is a true blood so a relationship between a half and a true blood is forbidden.

Seth was confusing for me. I didn't like him at all but I wanted to read more about him I suppose its like how I felt about the Darkling in the Grisha series but Seth is not a bad guy in this book.

The plot moved so quickly that I was at the end of my book before I knew it and on Amazon buying the next book before I knew what was happening.  I loved this book and I am loving the series so far. I can't wait to continue into the plot further.

Thanks For Reading

Em x